Enemy at the Gates Reviews

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February 9, 2007
There's never much risk of reality intruding--just a lot of histrionic James Horner music nd plenty of designer stubble on the soldiers' faces.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Set-pieces get you so far (and Annaud delights in blowing this set to pieces), but the script's shortcomings aren't camouflaged by the decision to adopt Home Counties' accents as the film's lingua franca.
September 26, 2002
It's as if an obsessed movie nut had decided to collect every bad war-movie convention on one computer and program it to spit out a script.
Top Critic
March 19, 2002
April 16, 2001
Annaud is all at sea, scuppered by a directionless and tension-free script and wooden performances from his British leads.
March 27, 2001
Hackneyed material.
March 22, 2001
Any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to vital life.
March 16, 2001
The story hits and misses for more than two hours following its opening artillery bloodbath.
March 16, 2001
It's this human understanding of an inhuman conflict that gives Enemy At The Gates so much power, despite its defects.
March 16, 2001
The film, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, doesn't stint on mud, corpses, or rubble, but the focus is all screwed-up.
March 16, 2001
The film is way too big for the story.
March 16, 2001
After Enemy at the Gates teases us with the promise of something big, it's hard to be happy with a small-scale story.
March 16, 2001
Airplanes arrive as regularly as the groaners in Enemy at the Gates.
March 16, 2001
Can't easily be dismissed or forgotten.
March 16, 2001
Impressive visually, with great sets and a grim feel of massive tragedy.
March 16, 2001
Although it is not without flaw, Enemy at the Gates makes its point in compelling fashion.
March 16, 2001
An elaborate, character-driven World War II epic that gets the war right, but pretty much fumbles the characters.
March 16, 2001
Large and ungainly, this World War II tale of a sniper duel that parallels the bloody battle for Stalingrad has an indisputable visual power, but it's nothing you'd want to have a conversation with--or, for that matter, about.
March 16, 2001
It's remarkable.
March 16, 2001
A tense and artful war film that works both as thrilling spectacle and as intimate drama.
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